Two Motions for the Drafting of the Academic Plan, as amended (25 Nov. 2010)

These are the motions that created the Academic Planning Task Force (APTF). For the unamended motions, see 11 November. The motions are presented here as amended on the floor of Senate, as recounted in the Senate minutes for 25 November 2010; emendations are presented in boldface.

1st Motion:
Given that Queen’s is about to embark on drafting its academic plan;

Given that this is part of a process in which strictly financial considerations will be addressed at a later stage;

Given that an academic plan should formulate the university’s ideals and goals for teaching, learning, and research, and specify how best to achieve them; and

Given that the faculty and students, by virtue of being most immediately involved in the university’s teaching, learning, and research, are best positioned both to formulate the ideals and goals pertaining to these activities and to specify their minimal means and requirements;

I move that any Queen’s Senate committee charged with drafting the academic plan include mostly faculty and students, and more specifically that it include three faculty members, one staff member, two students (one undergraduate and one graduate/professional), one Dean, and a Chair appointed by the Principal, and that the Senate Nominating Committee be tasked with selecting the Task Force members and presenting the slate to Senate for approval by electronic vote by December 21. A majority of the members shall be senators.

2nd Motion:
Given that any Senate committee charged with drafting Queen’s academic plan will need extensive advice and information from all who will be affected by the plan (faculty, students, staff, administrators; members from all academic units and programs, etc.); and

Given that the documents attempting to synthesize community consultation thus far, such as the Arts and Science Response to Where Next? (15 April 2010) and Imagining the Future (23 Aug. 2010), do not complete this process and are contested in some of their representations and omissions; and

Given that Queen’s Students and Employees for Real Academic Planning (QSERAP) have proposed a viable means of continuing consultation in the form of “Open Planning Meetings on Specific Issues,” or “targeted discussions” (Open Letter to Principal Woolf and Dr. Susan Cole of 20 October 2010), a proposal welcomed by the Chair of SCAD as “very constructive and meritorious”*;

I move that Senate mandate and sponsor a series of widely accessible town-hall meetings to address specific key issues, as laid out in the Queen’s Students and Employees for Real Academic Planning Open Letter; that the scheduling of these meetings be coordinated so that the consultation on each particular issue can inform the drafting of the corresponding section of the plan; that the academic plan not be presented to Senate or the Board of Trustees until these meetings have taken place; and that the process advance now with all possible expedition in view of the fact that many students involved in the process will graduate and/or complete terms of office in April 2011.

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